Best Director Oscar Winners

About

Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the annual Academy Award for Best Directing is given in honor of a film director who exhibited outstanding directing in the film industry for the year prior.

Trivia

The very first Academy Awards split the award between "Dramatic" and "Comedy" categories. Damien Chazelle was the youngest to ever win the award and Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman to have won.

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Best Director Oscar Winners Winners

1
Clint Eastwood, 92
1992, 2004
2
Steven Spielberg, 75
1993, 1998
3
Mel Gibson, 66
1995
4
James Cameron, 67
1997
5
Kevin Costner, 67
1990
6
Woody Allen, 86
1977
7
Robert Redford, 85
1980
8
Ron Howard, 68
2001
9
Ang Lee, 67
2005, 2012
10
Martin Scorsese, 79
2006
11
Roman Polanski, 88
2002
12
Richard Attenborough (1923-2014)
1982
13
Michael Cimino (1939-2016)
1978
14
Peter Jackson, 60
2003
15
Guillermo del Toro, 57
2017
16
Bob Fosse (1927-1987)
1972
17
Warren Beatty, 85
1981
18
Francis Ford Coppola, 83
1974
19
Alfonso Cuarón, 60
2013, 2018
20
Robert Zemeckis, 70
1994
21
Sam Mendes, 56
1999
22
Bong Joon-ho, 52
2019
23
Tom Hooper, 49
2010
24
Danny Boyle, 65
2008
25
Oliver Stone, 75
1986, 1989
26
James L. Brooks, 82
1983
27
Damien Chazelle, 37
2016
28
Frank Capra (1897-1991)
1934, 1936, 1938
29
Joel Coen, 67
2007
30
Sydney Pollack (1934-2008)
1985
31
Mike Nichols (1931-2014)
1967
32
Billy Wilder (1906-2002)
1945, 1960
33
Victor Fleming (1889-1949)
1939
34
Alejandro González Iñárritu, 58
2014, 2015
35
Kathryn Bigelow, 70
2009
36
John Ford (1894-1973)
1935, 1940, 1941, 1952
37
George Roy Hill (1921-2002)
1973
38
Milos Forman (1932-2018)
1975, 1984
39
John Huston (1906-1987)
1948
40
Ethan Coen, 64
2007
41
Robert Wise (1914-2005)
1961, 1965
42
Jonathan Demme (1944-2017)
1991
43
Jerome Robbins (1918-1998)
1961
44
Bernardo Bertolucci (1941-2018)
1987
45
Elia Kazan (1909-2003)
1947, 1954
46
Barry Levinson, 80
1988
47
William Wyler (1902-1981)
1942, 1946, 1959
48
Steven Soderbergh, 59
2000

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